THREE PANEL MUSICALS
Musical Theater Librettos in Three Panels.
By Paul G. Miller
THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan wrote 14 comic operas together within a period of 25 years. Sadly their works were hijacked by “pirates.” Unauthorized American productions could not be halted by British copyright laws. The pair attempted to route this by holding the world premiere of Pirates in New York on December 31, 1879. The show was a hit though “pirated” showings continued.
THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE remains one of their most produced works alongside H.M.S. PINAFORE AND THE MIKADO.The Mikado. “A Modern Major General” is one of their most referenced and parodied songs. The story and score are accessible to fans of opera and musical theater with both genres producing the show on a regular basis.
THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE will be presented by the Lyric Opera of Kansas City April 22-30. For more information visit www.kcopera.org.
Paul G. Miller
Paul G. Miller has been working in theater for 10 years as an actor, singer, and arts administrator. You can see more of his artwork at threepanelmusicals.blogspot.com